Charley and Me

Life changes when you live in a confined place and add a dog to it.

But I chose well and Charley makes no demands, but obligates me to at least three walks daily which is only good but that first am trip comes early…….. which makes me start my day earlier than I want, but even that is good.

I could go on and on, or tell you about some of his “cute” dance patterns he makes before the multiple droppings to get a treat. (He loves this treat so much that I’m afraid he’s going to hurt himself trying to do his business too often)

He’s a cuddle baby

We’re both happy with our choice.

GG my gas guzzling RV and I went to T or C for propane

A few days ago my propane ran out so we went to Tor C to fill the tank, but when I tried to light the pilot light on the water heater I couldn’t.

Neither could my helpful neighbors. We tried changing the thermocupler but it wasn’t the problem, time to get expert help.

helpful neighbors

Chip, who is said to know everything about RV’s was called. We decided to say good bye to propane and he made it all electric using a PL gas-to-electric conversion kit. I don’t see myself camping without electric services anywhere anymore so I think it a good plan. Now I want to sell the parts I’d bought for the new small tank that I no longer need, maybe on craigs list.

I’ve been thinking about getting a dog. I keep myself busy but a couple weeks ago I was feeling a little lonely and not getting out to walk. I have plenty of things I can do and a few things I should do but haven’t done. Maybe walking a dog would be good and I’d have something to take care of besides myself. The cons don’t outweigh the pros but I need to go check out the humane society to find out more availability and cost. Must be small and not noisy

It’s too hot!

The trip to Truth or Consequences was as usual messy. The door to my pantry flew open and stuff landed everywhere as I carefully turned a corner, the bathroom door opened but I had put stuff in the shower so not much mess, I need to put hooks on to keep these doors closed while traveling. Otherwise we’re traveling easier than before and going for propane was the only time I went anywhere in GG and now I don’t need to do even that now.

Life goes on as I anxiously await the fall and cooler days so I can get out to my studio which now is too hot except early am or late pm, both times which I’m asleep!

Did I Tell You GG sprung Another Roof Leak?

Yup, I felt drips fall on my head during a robust wind and rain session last week. Frank was informed and showed up 3 days later. Seems to be okay now but I was perplexed what to do about the wrinkles in my ceiling over the leak area, Frank said he thought as a smart hippy woman I would figure it out. I have but I’m not sure if I like it or if it looks silly. (why would he call me a hippy?) I covered the area of the ceiling affected with more of my Indian fabric and it matches the fabric on the loft so you get a full circle of the mandela, I don’t think a picture will make any sense but I’ll try to add one here. What do you say? Ceiling, loft, dust cover over clothes, too much? Today I love it, maybe not tomorrow. I think I’ll pull down the area that shows white between the loft and the ceiling tomorrow as it looks better on the right side of it. Fun.

I’ve been lazily reading this week and not doing much else but the books I read were educational so I think thinking is as good as doing. I read a wonderful book on Winston Churchill, An informal study on greatness by Robert Lewis Taylor. A really delightful read into this amazing politician full of his wit and charm and intelligence.

Finished that and started Grant by Ron Chernow. I highly recommend anything by Chernow if you enjoy biographies, but Grant was an eye opener, truly one of the great men of his time unappreciated in ours while on a par with Lincoln in deeds. (yeah, I cried in the end)

Now I’ve started Washington, the Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner. So far he has not been shown in a very bright light during the war but I expect he will shine shortly. Did you know he was a flirt with the ladies? Just getting started here…………

Good night, the sunset was beautiful

Kathy’s attempt to save her garden from the heat

This foil stuff is super strong and gives shade where there was none, gusts of wind only rocked the tables I have it held onto. That is the weakness, not having anything better to attach it to.

This is the foil stuff I’m using to insulate the studio, plus cardboard.That project awaits a ladder I ordered should get here soon, thank you amazon, with my smart car there aren’t many things I can easily fit in so amazon prime has been delivering my supplies.

A neighbor saw my cover and mentioned an awning he had and until then I had not thought of an awning, that would do the job and look a lot better. I’ll look into it.

I sewed four pieces of this fabric like foil together, I should have gotten a photo of me with my sewing machine outside sewing these large sections together and stapling them to the studio wall, what a job but kinda fun. Satisfying work.

So I may get a awning when this gets blown away. This will not tear, the only thing that could happen is if the tables I have it attached to, despite being weighed down with rocks and a full watering container holding it down gets upturned by the wind. I guess if it rained really hard it could get heavy with water and pull down the tables. Today is the first time I only needed to water my plants once, not two or three times to save them from drying up from the sun.

it’s very hot, Seems it is for almost everyone everywhere. Worrisome for the future, what a world  we are leaving for posterity.

These photos are not great but gives you an idea. I’ve been lazy about writing here don’t know why, probably not having much to say.

Progress is slow………. but steady

I’ve been doing something wrong and don’t think I’m answering comments correctly, sorry and thanks to friends for leaving comments, it makes a difference to me to know your thoughts , ideas and suggestions about the blog. With comments on my posts I know there is someone out there reading my writings. I’ll figure it out. I was able to change my font to make the words rest easily on the eye and increased the letter size as we are getting older together and bigger is better.

Frank came this morning, ready to start the electric work but got stuck digging the trench (for the wiring) by rocks, so he went into town to get a jackhammer and hasn’t returned. He left 2 hours ago but it takes 1 hour to go and return so I’m not sure this is a one day project. When he finishes I’ll reorganize my patio space with my new colorful rugs and add a photo here.

Not so fast lady!

Frank didn’t find a jackhammer and spent some time removing rock from the trench in 100 degrees heat and will not finish the work today, he’ll ‘shoot’ for tomorrow pm. At just $20 an hour I don’t mind that he miscalculated his hours, he earned every bit and more (and it will be more) I had to move GG about 8 feet forward so now I need to get her level again, it makes me feel unsteady when not level, which I do by putting a series of blocks under her tires, no automation here.

What keeps this Old Lady so Busy?

 

Busy day yesterday,
Busy today
Busy tomorrow.
What can this old lady be so busy about?
Fixing things, painting, resin-ing stuff, and a trip into town because the RV had overpowering chemical smells and I needed to get out for a while.
I painted José’s table and did a fairly poor job resin-ing it but I didn’t expect perfection on plywood so I may or may not add another coat. Not much of it is even seen as it’s usually covered with more stuff. Just wait, my little RV is getting yet another fixer-up and I like what’s happening here! The outside waits for it’s fixer up but I did get a couple cool and colorful outdoor rugs to put out at my doorway and the studio doorway but I have to nail them to the ground so they stay here (and not get blown away in the wind, not worried about theft!)

Great news, my studio gets electric tomorrow, Frank came by today with enthusiasm an d says he can help me with the insulation as well. .Someday…. One thing at a time.
The wind continues to take a toll on my plants but a new RV moved in today next to me and they have a building too which gives me privacy and helps block some of the wind for me. All Good.
We are mostly old folks here, I have two 90+ people on either side of me( vibrant ageless people) and I think the average age (not counting them) here is about 70, I fit right in.
Truth or Consequences is a town of the elderly as well, notable when I go to shop at Walmart, lots of older women, men too but I notice the women more, probably with reason, as I can relate.

It is a beautiful area , or would be if there wasn’t so much trash and rusted out trailers and junk, lots of smaller communities with trash everywhere. Despite all that, I like it here. Here in the park, everyone keeps their area neat, I guess CJ (owner) would chase them out if they didn’t, she runs a class act here. Have I told you she is almost 80? She looks great, slim active and with many tales to tell in her daily happy hours. I don’t often attend, it’s not obligatory socialization is good but not expected, l don’t feel guilty for not attending or sharing but go now and then, to be social to hear other’s stories
I have a flag flowing off the side of my studio, makes me feel like a citizen (and GirlScout). I’ve never flown one before and feel guilty for leaving it up and not taking it down every night, no one else does here, not sure of the protocol, I probably could google it.
Heard my first mosquito last night.


Finally, I’m sitting outside listening to Nicola Di Bari love his raspy voice, the evening is overcast at 8:30 pm with a pinkish gray sky and everyone must be inside watching TV cuz I see no one around.
Listening to a beautiful song just before I go back inside, but who should appear but Becca and Dan to join me in a glass of wine, music and looking at the stars which are bright and shiny sky is clear and dark. Only one glass as the blue wine bottle is now empty, I need to get another ‘box’ of wine cuz that seems to last forever even when I regularly indulge.

 

Out of Propane again……..

But this time I think I really am out, it wasn’t the wind blowing out the pilot.

I’ll have to go to town to fill my propane. I took a cool shower this morning, that’s when I noticed, no hot water but the sun had heated the water, it wasn’t too cold and was a quite tolerable. I’ll go in next week, no rush because I have my cabinet doors down to refinish and reorganize my space and can’t travel without the doors back up, what a mess that would make driving down the road.

Becca said something the other day about the friendly-ness of the people in RV parks. She asked, where, in what community can you stop by and call out ‘Hey there, where have you been, how are you’ through an open door and get a friendly response.?

Not in an apartment, not at a home, where else? I think in part it maybe the fact that we live as much outside, as inside our RV and the respect given to each other. We can usually assume that if the door is open it’s okay to say hello especially if contact has been made prior in a friendly way. I have not come across a single rude person here and while I am not the most friendly person in the park, I value the these relationships and confident that I can stop to say hello, . if the door is open.

My car stopped making that noise I’ve mentioned. Don’t know why, nothing has been done to it, should I just be glad or try to find the answer?

A mechanic once said to me, “Kathy, in the human body sometimes the body takes care of itself and heals, that’s not what happens in your car it just gets worse.”

Words to reflect on, or words to ignore? We’ll see what happens next. Really the car drives just fine and the noise is gone… for now.

Tomorrow there is a guitar concert in a near by Hillburo I want to check out. I saw it in the 4 page Sierra County Sentinel newspaper I picked up the other day. (I miss holding the newspaper paper in my hands though I am up to date with online news). Not sure how often it is published, I think just monthly. Local, school and community news calendar.

I’ve checked on line and see it is 25 miles distant and tickets are just $5 .

A little culture can’t hurt.

Outdoor Living Space & GG

We don’t look like much yet but just wait, I’m going to paint the inside of the door red so when the door is open it will co ordinate with the red rug and the rest of my red colors inside and out. It is a time of exuberance and red expresses this time of life as no other for me, one day my RV will carry morning glory’ and cucumbers!
Obviously no care was taken with this photo but to show you my plan of re arranging my outdoor living space I’m going to put a storage unit, nicely painted behind the chair and move the table somewhere
Can’t wait to put things together again!

No bugs,a cool Breeze and I think I am drunk!

I am so happy to be where I am right now in at this instant.

And I’m sure I will feel the same sober.

mentida,  I’m fine just a bit of drinkypoo with my friend Marie

I like where I am so much that I have no plans to leave here, which was not my plan. My plan was to travel all about the country side visiting  parks and public lands.   I could keep traveling finding new places to stay but why? I sometimes feel like I have not acomplished what I set out to do, travel, boondogging here and there, but why should I   if this works for me? And it works for me now.

By the way, My landlady, CJ has a guest house for $25/night so come visit me!

I’m going to buy a storage unit big enough to have windows where I can paint and do my artisty stuff and maybe even see a client or two.  My massage chair arrived today,       (great idea Nancy) My landlady seems to think I’ll be able to see clients here, even if I don’t it will be good to have a small studio right here as my RV is a bit tiny for business or art making.

Today I bought plants and planters, so excited to start seeds for a small garden of flowers,  cucumbers, and lavender,  plants are expensive so I have just a few for now, my space will be so beautiful when the seeds explode.  Wow, everything I want right here in my small space. Could anyone feel richer than me…I?  It’s  good to have few needs,  a simple life, few obligations, friends  and peace of mind every day………..

But my smart car is making worrisome noises.  Now it’s something in the left front area sounds noisy, maybe this wasn’t the best choice for a towed car. To do anything to it I would need to take it to El Paso, the only authorized repair shop close-ish by. I’ll see about it mañana.  It drives okay except for the noise, thoughts?

It would have been a perfect day to do my roof today, sunny but not too hot, no nasty wind and more important, no rain.  Where is Frank?  Where is my roof guy? We really should get this done  before the monsoons arrive.  Does  NM gets monsoones rains? I don’t know but my landlady suggests we get it done before they arrive..  Frank is a good guy I’m told,  also I think  he may be the guy to ask about  pot availability in this area.  Could this be why he hasn’t been around, busy being blissed?

Have  I told you about my experience with pot?  I think it is something an old girl should try at least once.  I’ve tried it a few times with no sensation of anything happening until I smoked with  my friend Robert.  Those walks we took to the lake had the added interest of smoking his pot.  He used a little pipe and it was easy to grab a bit of smoke and hold it without na55JU6eT66Z9EGlUtVizA_thumb_2ad6 coughing much but I felt nothing at all, while he was there being blissed.  He said try it again several times and I did until WoW I felt it and it was Not Pleasant.  I felt unsteady unable to put one leg in front of another and needed to be guided home.  It didn’t last long, I’d like to give it another try, maybe not outside or somewhere I don’t have to go far to get home, or at home. It was interesting, a feeling of not being in charge of myself or my limbs. What was going on in my brain? Why is this something deemed agreeable and why do I want to keep trying to reach the state of bliss advertised ?

Because I can.